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Understanding the assembly of amphiphilic additives in bulk and dispersed non-lamellar lipid-based matrices: Phosphorylation, H-bonding and ionisation

F.Etter, Marco ; Dellenbach, Daria ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; M.Landau, Ehud ; Fong, Wye-Khay

In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2020, vol. 562, p. 502–510

The aqueous channel size of lipidic cubic phases can be a limiting factor for certain applications. For this reason, additives have been used to exquisitely control their nanostructure. In this study, two families of primary phosphoesters have been designed, synthesised and utilised to determine the effect of the positioning of the guest additive at the interface of the host mesophase, and to...

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Simple and fast evaluation of relaxation parameters of magnetic nanoparticles

Lemal, Philipp ; Balog, Sandor ; Ackermann-Hirschi, Liliane ; Taladriz-Blanco, Patricia ; Hirt, Ann M. ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Lattuada, Marco ; Petri-Fink, Alke

In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 2020, vol. 499, p. 166176

The efficacy of magnetic hyperthermia treatment depends on the optimal available magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) that are excited in a given alternating magnetic field and viscosity of the region of interest. In this regard, assessing the relevant relaxation parameters is of upmost importance and could improve the speed of development of efficient applications. Here, we demonstrate how to...

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Preparation of metallosupramolecular single-chain polymeric nanoparticles and their characterization by Taylor dispersion

Neumann, Laura N. ; Urban, Dominic A. ; Lemal, Philipp ; Ramani, Sushila ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Balog, Sandor ; Weder, Christoph ; Schrettl, Stephen

In: Polymer Chemistry, 2020, vol. 11, no. 2, p. 586–592

Intramolecular cross-linking of polymers can furnish single-chain polymeric nanoparticles (SCPNs), and the use of reversible non-covalent bonds for cross-linking can potentially provide such nanoparticles with stimuli-responsive properties. Here, we report the synthesis of acrylic polymers that carry pendant 2,6-bis(1′-methyl- benzimidazolyl)pyridine ligands, and use these for the...

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Nitrogen-doped carbons with hierarchical porosity via chemical blowing towards long-lived metal-free catalysts for acetylene hydrochlorination

Kaiser, Selina K. ; Song, Kyung Seob ; Mitchell, Sharon ; Coskun, Ali ; Pérez‐Ramírez, Javier

In: ChemCatChem, 2020, p. -

Porous nitrogen‐doped carbons (NCs) are sustainable alternatives to the toxic mercury‐based acetylene hydrochlorination catalysts applied in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride. However, the application of NCs as metal‐free catalysts is hampered by their insufficient durability under industrially relevant process conditions. In particular, pore blockage leads to accelerated...

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Internal lamellar and inverse hexagonal liquid crystalline phases during the digestion of krill and astaxanthin oil-in-water emulsions

Yaghmur, Anan ; Lotfi, Saleh ; Ariabod, Sarah Atoussa ; Bor, Gizem ; Gontsarik, Mark ; Salentinig, Stefan

In: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 2019, vol. 7, p. -

Krill oil represents an important alternative natural source of omega-3 (ω-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Considering the beneficial health effects of these essential fatty acids, particularly in various disorders including cancer, cardiovascular, and inflammation diseases, it is of paramount importance to gain insight into the digestibility of krill oil. In this work, we study the...

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Hydrogen bond guidance and aromatic stacking drive liquid-liquid phase separation of intrinsically disordered histidine-rich peptides

Gabryelczyk, Bartosz ; Cai, Hao ; Shi, Xiangyan ; Sun, Yue ; Swinkels, Piet J.M. ; Salentinig, Stefan ; Pervushin, Konstantin ; Miserez, Ali

In: Nature Communications, 2019, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 1–12

Liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) is involved in both intracellular membraneless organelles and extracellular tissues. Despite growing understanding of LLPS, molecular-level mechanisms behind this process are still not fully established. Here, we use histidine-rich squid beak proteins (HBPs) as model IDPs to shed light on molecular interactions...

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Polydopamine nanoparticle doped nanofluid for solar thermal energy collector efficiency increase

Hauser, Daniel ; Steinmetz, Lukas ; Balog, Sandor ; Taladriz‐Blanco, Patricia ; Septiadi, Dedy ; Wilts, Bodo D. ; Petri‐Fink, Alke ; Rothen‐Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Advanced Sustainable Systems, 2020, vol. 4, no. 1, p. 1900101

Polydopamine can form black nanoparticles and has recently been gaining attention due to its extraordinary heating properties upon excitation with light. Herein, polydopamine hybrid nanoparticles are synthesized in different sizes and subsequently added to a solar fluid to analyze heating ability. The solar fluids with the differently sized hybrid polydopamine particles are compared to a...

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Assessing meso- and microplastic pollution in the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas

Caldwell, Jessica ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Lehner, Roman

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2019, vol. 149, p. 110572

As the production of plastic products continues to increase, determining the fate of plastic waste in the environment is of high importance. Densely populated areas, such as Mediterranean coastlines, represent locations of high pollution risk for surrounding environments. Thus, this study aims to assess the abundance, size, and composition of floating meso- and microplastics collected during...

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In vitro cytotoxicity and catalytic evaluation of dioxidovanadium(V) complexes in an azohydrazone ligand environment

Mohanty, Monalisa ; Maurya, Shailendra K. ; Banerjee, Atanu ; Patra, Sushree Aradhana ; Maurya, Mannar R. ; Crochet, Aurélien ; Brzezinski, Krzysztof ; Dinda, Rupam

In: New Journal of Chemistry, 2019, vol. 43, no. 45, p. 17680–17695

Three new anionic dioxidovanadium(V) complexes (HNEt3)[VO2(L)1–3] (1–3) of tridentate binegative aroylhydrazone ligands containing the azobenzene moiety were synthesized and structurally characterized. The aroylhydrazone ligands (H2L1–3) were derived from the condensation of 5-(arylazo) salicylaldehyde derivatives with the corresponding aroyl hydrazides. All the synthesized ligands and...

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Different coordination abilities of 1,7- and 4,7-phenanthroline in the reactions with copper(II) salts: Structural characterization and biological evaluation of the reaction products

Stevanović, Nevena Lj. ; Andrejević, Tina P. ; Crochet, Aurélien ; Ilic-Tomic, Tatjana ; Drašković, Nenad S. ; Nikodinovic-Runic, Jasmina ; Fromm, Katharina M. ; Djuran, Miloš I. ; Glišić, Biljana Đ.

In: Polyhedron, 2019, vol. 173, p. 114112

The reactions between equimolar amounts of CuX2 (X = NO3− and CF3SO3−) and two aromatic nitrogen-containing heterocycles differing in the position of nitrogen atoms, 1,7- and 4,7-phenanthroline (1,7- and 4,7-phen), were performed in ethanol/methanol at room temperature. When CuX2 salts were mixed with 4,7-phen, two copper(II) complexes, [Cu(NO3)2(4,7-Hphen)2](NO3)2 (1) and...